Nanstallon – Cornwall, II

| September 25, 2007 | 2 Comments 

A second day at Nanstallon Primary school and MORE fun!!

To teach every year group, from reception through to year 6, in one day is a great experience especially when there is such a range of ages within one class.

With class 1 (reception – year 1) we explored an area I haven’t used before. We found ourselves looking out across the sea in Edanna, an organic age from Myst III: Exile. After a superb speaking and listening session we explored a bit further and found a corkscrew plant that, when we stepped onto it, whisked us upwards to a different layer of the tree. At the top, there is a nest which is home to an unusual bird and her chick, the first to hatch from a cluster of five eggs.
Some remarkable vocabulary came from the session (including an exploration of “spiral”) and I saw some remarkably confident emergent writing too.

Class 2 (Years 2,3 and 4) spiralled upwards in their writing as well, a few surprising themselves with the quality and quantity of their work.

Class 3 (Years 5 and 6) showed themselves to be up for a challenge and have a sense of humour too. Headteacher, Peter Dingle became so wrapped up in the lesson we had to wrestle the pen from his hand to stem the flow of his descriptive writing!

Thankyou to Wendy Bheeston for the nudge reminder towards the VCOP (Vocabulary, Connectives, Openers and Punctuation) elements from Ros Wilson’s book – ‘Strategies for Immediate Impact on Writing Standards’
One particularly useful aspect is the punctuation pyramid which shows the punctuation marks from level 1 to 5:

. ?
. ? , !
. ?, ! ’ “”
– . ? , ! ’ “” : ; ()

They make a good display, table pyramid and reminder to children.

I enjoyed myself today and thank the staff and children at Nanstallon for a lot of laughter.

Category: 1) Events and Training days

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  1. Peter says:

    We had a great day too; thanks Tim. The children went home buzzing and fizzing, full of exitement and the staff were energised and excited. What a joy to have learning and fun so ably combined; to have great writing accompanied by wide grins. we hope to see you again sometime soon and we promise to send you tons of good stuff when we let the children loose.

  2. Mr Jones says:

    Hi, thought you might be interested in the free interactive punctuation and connectives pyramid I use with my class. Found it at – works a treat on the interactive whiteboard!

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